RSA Hartlepool & District Branch
A warm welcome awaits…
Formed some 60 years ago we are proud to have been awarded our 50 year ribbon. Covering Hartlepool, Peterlee and surrounding areas we are here for serving and ex-serving personnel from the Royal Corps of Signals as well as personnel from other arms.
We meet every second Thursday at 19:30 hrs at Horden & Peterlee Rugby Club, 103 Eden Ln, Peterlee SR8 5DJ.
We currently have around 30 life members and 10 associate members.
An active branch we raise much needed funds for local and military charities and attend many local activities and events in the region. We host our very own ‘Gathering of the Clans’, which as well as being a very popular date in calendars of those in the North East, we attract from the length and breadth of Britain.
Proud of Our Heritage
Corps Quick March - Begone Dull Care
Swift and Sure
Hartlepool was once a prosperous ship building and fishing town, it also produced quality iron and steel at its many mills. Like so many other coastal towns and cities. It fell into decline when the shipyards closed and fishing quotas were introduced, this resulted in its once healthy fishing fleet being reduced to just three all weather trawlers.
On 16th December 1914 Hartlepool became the first place on mainland Britain to be bombed by the Germans. Over 100 people were killed when over 1000 shells were fired from three German battle cruisers of the coast.
Modern day Hartlepool has received huge investment in recent years and is once again a busy coastal town boasting a modern marina and shopping centre. In 2010 it played host to the Tall Ships Race.
Monkey of a Mistake!
During the Napoleonic Wars, a French ship was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool, its only survivor was a monkey dressed in a sailors uniform. The locals, not knowing what a Frenchman looked like questioned it, then hung it as a spy. Whether Fact or folklore, the people of Hartlepool are proud of their heritage, and the branch have this depicted on the crest in the form of gallows around the “Jimmy”.